Where Are They Now - Kenny Rigoulot
“I preached my first sermon while I was a high school student at Colleyville Heritage,” said Kenny Rigoulot. A 1999 graduate of CHHS, Rigoulot currently serves as a pastor and administrator at United Presbyterian Church in Cleburne, Texas. His time within GCISD and his many activities through college led him to where is he today.
Rigoulot said that several of the coaches and teachers at CHHS didn’t just teach a subject or a sport, they taught students how to make a difference in the world. His favorite teacher from his time at CHHS, however, was his football coach, Coach Chris Cunningham. Rigoulot says he still finds himself quoting things coach would say to them from time to time.
After high school, Rigoulot went to Texas A&M for a semester before deciding to transfer to Abilene Christian University to double major in Christian ministry and English while minoring in philosophy. While at ACU, he worked as a writing center tutor, a resident assistant, and in the youth ministry at a local church in Abilene, all while maintaining a 3.99 GPA to become the school’s Salutatorian. The call to ministry became more apparent through his undergraduate years and from there he decided to earn his Masters of Divinity at Princeton University.
After his time at seminary, Rigoulot and his young family moved to Pampa, Texas where he served several different roles at a local church. Pastor, administrator, police chaplain, teacher for youth and adult classes, and Meals on Wheels board member were just some of the ways he served that community. As his family grew, he made to move to Cleburne of April 2012 where he is still leading his congregation today.
Rigoulot had some advice for preparing to go to college or the working world that he would pass down to any student at GCISD.
“Don’t go to college just to earn a degree, go to learn and discover more about yourself and your place in the world,” he said. “If you can help it, don’t just get a job to pay the bills, do a job that gives you a sense of satisfaction.”
Kenny Rigoulot attributes his success in the community to his time as a Dove Dolphin, Grapevine Middle School Pony, and Colleyville Heritage Panther. He said, “I wouldn’t be the man I am today without GCISD!”